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Mermaid Cottage

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Mermaid Cottage is a historic building – it has a story and is very much in the heart of the village. As a holiday house it is spacious and practical with a great location – being virtually on the beach at Gorran Haven.

In the 18C it was the village pub ‘The Ship’ and from it’s windows Dickie Kingcup the famous local smuggler looked out across the bay and organized drops of brandy casks off Dodman point, while the coastguard men sat in the Watchhouse further along the beach & wondered what the fishermen were doing. You’ve seen Poldark, think costumes and intrigue. For more detail, see our local history page (link).

If you wish to relive this, being right next door to the Mermaid beach café, you can plan your activities while gazing out to sea – over coffee and cake.

Property description
The front door is up four steep steps on Church Street, 15 metres from the sandy beach, (above the winter high tide mark).

You enter into the first floor hallway. The family shower room with toilet is on left and the two twin bedrooms are on either side.

Both twin rooms have matching pine beds and windows looking to the sea.

Ground Floor
A cast iron spiral staircase takes you down to the large ground floor living area. At the beach end this has two sofas, an armchair, 36 inch flat screen tv and dvd player. A large (opening) window looks out onto the beach slipway immediately outside.

The centre of the room has a fireplace and mantle with a log burner. A pine dining table seating 8 and beyond this a modern fitted kitchen at the far end.

The kitchen has tiled work surfaces, ceramic hob and fitted oven, microwave. Separate butler’s sink area. A dresser on the wall houses the chinaware.

The ground floor is tiled throughout with rugs

Beyond kitchen, there is a utility room with washing machine, dishwasher and fridge freezer.

Beyond this (it’s a large floorplan), there is a games room with ping pong table and table football.

Master bedroom
The top floor is reached up a second spiral staircase from the entrance hallway. This opens into a whole floor of bedroom. There’s a pine double bed at one end and a sitting area with sofa, armchair and coffee table next to ornamental iron stove (not functional).

There is a folding single camp bed for use if required (by arrangement).

This bedroom has three orginal sash windows that look straight out to sea over the beach. The floor is pine boards with rugs.

The large en suite bathroom has original free standing enamel bathtub, toilet with high level cistern and pedestal basin. A window overlooks Church Street.

There is a fitted folding baby gate at the top of both staircases.

The house has central heating transmitted through old cast iron radiators.


Gorran Haven beach is loved by families - local and visiting - during all the lovely Cornish seasons.

In the summer school holidays the beach it is quite busy, especially when the tide comes in. And there is an intimate, old fashioned, really enjoyable atmosphere. Children have been digging dams in the stream for generations.

Sometimes our cottages have guests whose families can remember a long time ago, they were doing the same simple things. They watch their grand children looking into the same rock pools. This sounds like advertising blurb, but it is just true.

We are collecting Gorran Haven memories if you have some. :)

Someone told me he'd been sitting on the fishermen's bench at the back of the beach one morning in the 1960's and he saw the Beatles across the sand. They were playing Plymouth in Oct 1963.


  • Parking - on-street
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Bed linen provided
  • Cot
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Pool table
  • Ping pong table
  • Dishwasher
  • Highchair
  • Wood stove
  • Central heating
  • Shower
  • Bathtub
  • Towels provided
  • Children
  • Beachfront
  • Beach view
  • Oceanfront
  • Seafront
  • Sea view


  • Sightseeing
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Yoga
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Water sports
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Rock climbing
  • Horseback riding


Date Price   Date Price
Nov/Dec 17 Enquire   30 Jun - 7 Jul £900
6 Jan - 10 Feb CLOSED   7 Jul - 14 Jul £1000
10 Feb - 17 Feb CLOSED   14 Jul - 21 Jul £1075
17 Feb - 31 Mar CLOSED   21 Jul - 1 Sep £1350
31 Mar - 14 Apr £500   1 Sep - 8 Sep £950
14 Apr - 5 May £525   8 Sep - 15 Sep £800
5 May - 19 May £570   15 Sep - 22 Sep £700
19 May - 26 May £700   22 Sep - 20 Oct £550
26 May - 2 Jun £850   20 Oct - 27 Oct £625
2 Jun - 16 Jun £775   27 Oct - 23 Dec CLOSED
16 Jun - 30 Jun £825   23 Dec - 31 Mar 19 CLOSED

Stay Dates


Number Of Guests

Children 4-13 yrs
Babies 0-3 yrs

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